Fairbits launches worldwide on Android!

Fairbits launches worldwide on Android!

Aug 27, 2014

Fairbits Gaming, a new gaming startup released its first app today, cunningly named Fairbits. Fairbits in the words of its creators is “a virtual currency of luck based on simple game of chance. It is first-of-its-kind non-sleazy non-glittery casino app trying to appeal to a broader spectrum of social gamers”.

Fairbtis looks like another interesting asynchronous multiplayer experience and its bright colors and friendly graphics are easy on the eyes. Look for a review of this one sometime in the future!

3D MMO Celtic Heroes Gets New Trailer

3D MMO Celtic Heroes Gets New Trailer

Aug 27, 2014

One Thumb Mobile has just released a new video trailer for 3D MMO Celtic Heroes.

The game itself is a fun MMO based on Celtic mythology. According to the press release, the new trailer demonstrates the advantages of the switch to Destiny Engine; more details from the press release follow:

Celtic Heroes allows players to experience a fully-fledged handheld MMORPG unlike any other. Garnering its immersive story and environment from Celtic mythology, Celtic Heroes creates a rich, fascinating and vibrant open world for players to explore, quest, and battle together in. Set in the mythical ancient lands of Dal Riata, players must protect their world from the dark forces that threaten it.

With hundreds of thousands of players world-wide, Celtic Heroes boasts astonishing graphics with a user interface designed for total ease of use for the ultimate player experience. The official trailer showcases the benefits of the move to the new Destiny Engine, improving the already beautiful graphics and quality of game play, entirely immersing you in Dal Riata as you rise up to defend your honour against the ferocious and mythical enemies that now threaten your ancient homeland.

Celtic Heroes is completely FREE to download on Android and iOS devices, so check out the new trailer – Customise your armour, choose your class, embark on legendary quests, and make allies along the way, trading and chatting as you master your skills to become a True Celtic Hero.

As noted, it is available on the Play Store for free (with in-app purchasing); the trailer is below.

Oscura: Second Shadow Comes to Google Play On Sale

Oscura: Second Shadow Comes to Google Play On Sale

Aug 27, 2014

After an engaging run on iOS, Oscura: Second Shadow (from CLF via Surprise Attack Games) has now made its way to Android devices via Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

It’s a platform game with a dark fee; the informational communication gives us more tidbits:

Classic platforming meets modern design in a game built and optimized for touch controls.

The Driftlands are a gothic and frightening place at the best of times….And this is not the best of times. The Aurora stone has been stolen from the great Lighthouse by an unknown and shadowy creature. Without its light, the Driftlands will be destroyed.

Enter Oscura, our highly unlikely hero. He is the keeper of the lighthouse, and possesses a mysterious, eternally glowing hand. Oscura must travel the lands and gather the shards to restore the Aurora stone – before it is too late and darkness befalls on the whole universe.

AVAILABLE FOR iPAD, iPHONE, iPOD TOUCH, MAC & ANDROID
Oscura Second Shadow is now available worldwide for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Android devices.

CLASSIC PLATFORMING MEETS MODERN DESIGN
Inspired by early platformers from the 1990’s, Oscura delivers a stripped down platforming experience through the filter of modern game and art design.

BUILT FOR TOUCH
Built for touch devices from the ground up, Oscura: Second Shadow is optimised and designed around the capabilities and limitations of touch to ensure that the controls are never at fault.

DARK FAIRYTALE WORLD
Dive into the world of the Driftlands, where engineering meets nature and strange creatures stalk. With the Aurora stone shattered, Oscura’s glowing hand and the shards of the stone are the only light sources, creating a stark and beautiful silhouette art style.

HAUNTINGLY STYLIZED LEVELS
Journey through 20 challenging levels, each crafted by hand rather than using tile-sets.

AN UNLIKELY HERO
Slight of frame and without any weaponry or brute force, Oscura must rely on his wits and reflexes to avoid foes and hazards alike. He’s no hero, just doing his job.

CHALLENGES TO KEEP YOU COMING BACK
Completing levels is one thing, collecting all four stars for each level is quite another. Replay levels to perfect your run and beat the goals for time, collecting cogs, shards and getting through without dying.

Oscura: Second Shadow is celebrating its presence on Android with a limited time sale of $0.99.

Crescent Moon Games Releases Strike Wing: Raptor Rising

Crescent Moon Games has released a new title on Android called Strike Wing: Raptor Rising.

The new game is a graphically pleasing space shooter. The 3D imagery make it look quite inviting. from he Google Play description:

Take over the stars, blast through enemy fighter waves and destroy capital ships while piloting the most advanced fighters in the galaxy.
Strike Wing is a single player space combat simulator that combines sharp controls, beautiful graphics and adaptable missions to create an unique space combat experience for mobile devices.

= BEAUTIFUL GRAPHICS =
Fly beautifully designed ships in asteroid fields, around planetary orbits or in deep space. Experience a colorful and vibrant representation of space on your mobile device.

= FLUID CONTROLS =
Play with the accelerometer or with the on-screen virtual stick. Learn each ship’s flight characteristics and master them individually.

= WIDE ARRAY OF SHIPS =
Choose from super-fast and nimble fighters to heavy torpedo bombers, each with their own strengths, weaknesses and style of play. Progress through the levels to gain access to more ships and features!

= ADAPTABLE MISSIONS =
Missions adapt to your style of play, to your skill and ship choice to give you a consistent challenge every time you play. Need an extra challenge? You can make each mission more difficult at a flip of a switch and reap better rewards.

The demo version of the game is available for free (with in-app purchasing to unlock the full game) on the Play Store.

Animoca Releases Armies of Dragons on Android

Animoca Releases Armies of Dragons on Android

Aug 26, 2014

Animoca has just realest its newest Android game, Armies of Dragon.

The game is a mix of adventure, fortress defense and strategy. The Google Play app page tells us some of the features:

- A unique strategy game that borrows time-management mechanics
- Hire a rag-tag troupe of adventurers to defend your kingdom
- Earn crystals from battles to unlock treasures and powerful heroes!
- Acquire useful items, artifacts, and trinkets to help you win!
- Upgrade your fortress, and unlock different types, such as treants, golems, and dragons!
- Survive 12 brutal stages, each having 8 levels.
- Connect through Facebook and team up with friends by sharing energy and mercenaries.

More information from the press release:

Animoca Brands, the developer and publisher of mobile games based on globally loved brands such as Garfield, Ben10, Doraemon, Ultraman, Astro Boy and more, today announced the launch of Armies of Dragons on the Apple App Store and Google Play. A medieval-themed tower defense game, Armies of Dragons sets a new standard for the genre by combining time-management mechanics and strategic battle gameplay with visually stunning 3D graphics. Armies of Dragons is now available to play for free on all iOS and Android devices.

“Armies of Dragons is unlike anything else available,” said Robby Yung, CEO of Animoca Brands. “We’ve combined the best elements of tower defense games with heart-pumping time management mechanics to create a new and enthralling gaming experience.”

Armies of Dragons is a medieval thriller that takes place in a world rife with magic and danger, where evil dragons once ruled as invincible tyrants for centuries before they were overthrown by a mighty alliance of humans. Dark magic has reawakened the dragons from their slumber, and it’s up to players to defend their kingdom from the rampaging hordes of vile creatures.

Players can enlist archers, thieves, ninjas, knights and other warrior units to battle against the rampaging hordes. Players must train, upgrade and manage their own armies before sending them into battle, or risk a crushing defeat. Increasingly powerful weapons and units become available as players progress through the game.

Armies of Dragons is available for free (with optional in-app purchasing) on the Play Store.

Letters From Nowhere 2 Goes Free for Limited Time

Letters From Nowhere 2 Goes Free for Limited Time

Aug 26, 2014

Prolific Android development house G5 is in a generous mood yet again, and this time, it is offering Letters from Nowhere 2 for free… for a limited time.

The title is the sequel to Letters from Nowhere (which we had a chance to review earlier this year); this one is also a hidden object/puzzle adventure game.

From the G5 press release:

It’s time get excited for the school season to resume with an incredible giveaway from G5! Stating August 25th through August 31st, Letters from Nowhere 2 (Full) goes FREE on iOS, Google Play and Kindle Fire. Continue Audrey’s adventure in this thrilling and spooky sequel to the beloved hidden object puzzle game without spending a dime!

In this bewitching investigation, you are tasked with solving a disappearance of Audrey’s husband, a mystery that has perplexed the police. Featuring eye-catching locations, absorbing puzzles and an evolving storyline, Letters from Nowhere 2 wins the hearts of players and critics alike.

Audrey collected all the letters with the help of the dead postman, hoping they would lead her to Patrick, her missing husband. Instead, she is taken to a mysterious sleepy town. In Letters from Nowhere 2, our brave heroine discovers that her husband is a descendant of a cursed family, and is doomed to death. Now it’s up to her to confront the evil that haunts her beloved and prevent a series of grisly murders. Travel to the town of Nowhere and search for clues to remove the terrifying curse in this thrilling and spooky sequel! Search through over 30 cryptic locations including the sinister mansion and a bloody sacrifice room for important artifacts. Play mini-games, collect all the pages of a missing diary, and save Patrick before it’s too late!

Key Features:

50 Stunning locations
11 Adventurous settings
11 Mini-games
4 Useful search powers
2 Bonus play modes – Unlimited and Puzzles

The game trailer is below.

NimbleBit to Debut New Game Tiny Tower Vegas on August 28th

NimbleBit to Debut New Game Tiny Tower Vegas on August 28th

Aug 26, 2014

NimbleBit is bringing a new flavor of its hit title Tiny Tower to Android; Tiny Tower Vegas is primed for release.

This follows reports we made regarding NimbleBit’s Ian Marsh tweeting pics of the game back in April.

Tiny Tower is a fun game that has players monitor the lives of virtual people (bitizens) as they go about life and commerce in a 2D building; the overriding goal is to guide and facilitate the accumulation of game cash that can be used to build more floors and gain more bitizens. We had an opportunity to review the Android version of the original way back in 2011, and were mostly impressed by the gameplay and deliciously retro graphics. The new game is clearly based in Sin City, so the action should have a fun furtive feel to it.

No word yet on whether or not any more Tiny Tower-themed titles are on the way to Android.

The new title will be available on the Play Store on August 28th, 2014. The game trailer is below.

Amazon Acquires Twitch — For a Lot

Amazon Acquires Twitch — For a Lot

Aug 25, 2014

Yes, gaming is a spectator event!

Proving once and for all that televising Madden Football tournaments wasn’t that weird, online behemoth Amazon has added another feather to its acquisitions cap in picking up streaming gaming portal Twitch. Twitch is a service that allows gamers to stream live gaming sessions to watchers online.

Amazon thinks highly of the service, so much so that it is willing to drop a reported $970 million for the rights to call it and it’s 55 million monthly visitors (according to CNN Money) its own.

Twitch Chief Emmett Shear hints at speed when talking about the deal. “Being part of Amazon will let us do even more for our community,” he says. “We will be able to create tools and services faster than we could have independently.”

It should be interesting to see Amazon’s strategy with Twitch. With its deliberate foray into mobility, it is definitely a development to keep an eye on.

[Source: CNN Money]

Earn to Die 2 Takes Zombie Splattering To The City!

Earn to Die 2 Takes Zombie Splattering To The City!

Aug 25, 2014

Earn to Die was a cool game with fun gameplay, lots of guns and appealing graphics. Now Not Doppler has announced a sequel to the original zombie splatterer unsurprisingly named Earn To Die 2. Earn To Die 2 looks similar to it’s predecessor, but takes place in a very different city environment instead, instead of the deserts of the original game. This should add some new gameplay wrinkles. The trailer seems to suggest that cars may be destructible this time around too, which should make gameplay more challenging.

Check out the cool movie style trailer here!

Zabuza Labs Releases Save Trees Game on Android

Zabuza Labs Releases Save Trees Game on Android

Aug 22, 2014

Zabuza Labs has just launched a new game on Android, and it’s a game with a conscience called Save Trees Game.

The game is based on two characters, one which looks to dispose of trees, and another that nurtures them. Gameplay loosely involved avoiding the tapping of the nurturer while “stopping” his opposite with the same action.

It’s the goal of the developer to encourage awareness of tree conservation with this game.

Zabuza Labs Founder Manas Gajare talks about social responsibility. “Global warming, climate change these are some very serious concerns that we, all the living beings are facing,” he says. “At Zabuza Labs we asked ourselves what we can do about it. We are good at making games. So here it is – a small effort from our end to raise awareness of saving trees among people. This is the first step towards much larger vision of using games for social cause.”

Excerpts from the press release:

‘Save Trees Game’ is a super engaging casual game on Android, which not only entertains the player but also spreads a social message to save nature. Zabuza Labs has made this game available on Google Play store, starting from today.

Zabuza Labs,a well-known indie game company, has developed popular titles like Balloon Bow & Arrow, Dahi Handi Knock Down. With ‘Save Trees Game’, they are delivering a significant message to all smartphone gamers.

The game has two lead characters Orima & Arimo. Orima is a bad guy who cuts trees & Arimo is a good guy who waters trees regularly.

The game is very intuitive and has small learning curve, so any age group can enjoy it. Your objective is to save the trees from being cut by stopping Orima and letting Arimo water them.

When Orima appears on the screen, you have to hit him by tapping on the screen. However you are not supposed to hit Arimo when you see him. You have to let him water the tree so that tree would grow. The key of the game lies in the rhythm of Arimo and Orima. The order in which characters appear is managed in such a way that it gets you hooked to the game instantly.

The game ends if you tap Arimo three times!

There is more. The game offers three unique themes – town, orchard & highway – to make your overall experience more enticing.The beautiful art and pleasant music makes this game definitely a must have.

Save Trees Game is available on Google Play for free.

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Boss Monster: Dungeon

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Boss Monster: Dungeon

Aug 22, 2014

Boss Monster is a physical card game that was successfully funded on KickStarter, and has since gained a substantial following in the gaming community. The game is quite revolutionary and turns the traditional dungeon crawling genera on its head by putting the player into the role of the evil villain who is tasked with building as treacherous a dungeon as possible. These are then invaded by well-meaning adventurers at the end of each turn, and the winner is the player who has the last “Boss” standing.

While I have no personal experience with the game, it seems to be beloved by fans and because of its inventive premise it is something I could really see myself getting into. The crowdfunding project we are shining the spotlight on today is the attempt by the developer of Boss Monster, Brotherwise Games, to build a digital version for the iPad and Android tablets. Having spent considerable time with the Magic: The Gathering app for the iPad recently I understand how well these tabletop games can translate onto the large tablet screen.

It makes sense for Brotherwise Games to be creating this app at this moment, as the ubiquitous accessibility, as well as the spontaneous nature, of app stores can greatly increase their footprint and create a larger legion of Boss Monster fans. I will admit that I was not initially sold on the initial card game KickStarter, but with the addition of a cheaper and more convenient mobile app the odds of me investing in Boss Monster has definitely increased. Included in the game is the ability to battle against up to three AI opponents, and this feature is essential for a card game who’s main draw is head to head competition.

The first thing that struck me while perusing through the KickStarter page is how the app easily conveys the atmosphere of the retro dungeon crawlers it is based off of. The graphic design is spot on, and the audio, which is being recorded by a professional studio, is nearly indistinguishable from late-90s PC adventure games. As of the time of writing, Boss Monster is over halfway to their $85,000 goal; so please, considering supporting this innovative game and its incredible developers by visiting their project page and possibly earning some cool limited edition digital cards in the process.

BANDAI NAMCO Releases New Game PAC-MAN Friends to Android

BANDAI NAMCO Releases New Game PAC-MAN Friends to Android

Aug 22, 2014

Prolific Android publisher BANDAI NAMCO has unveiled another title in PAC-MAN Friends. In this game, PAC-MAN characters take on mazes in their quest to escape from Ghost Castle.

From the press release:

BANDAI NAMCO Games America Inc. put out a gameplay feast today with the launch of PAC-MAN© Friends, an original arcade-style action-puzzler starring gaming’s most historic characters. This new experience, featuring an engrossingly challenging campaign, new characters with dynamic abilities and a buffet of control mechanics from which to choose, is available to download now on iOS and Android devices.

The mazes of PAC-MAN© Friends require sharp wit and fast reflexes to survive. As PAC-MAN chomps his way through 95 levels across seven different worlds, he’ll have to rescue his eight allies and put their unique powers to use to escape the haunted corridors of Ghosts’ Castle. Running into obstacles like Blinky or his ghastly underlings – Pinky, Inky and Clyde – will cost PAC-MAN a life, but diverse power boosts and the special skills of his buddies will help PAC-MAN turn the tide from prey to predator.

PAC-MAN© Friends is bursting with retro-inspired artwork and design, harnessing the feel of classic PAC-MAN titles balanced with vibrant colors, animations and Retina display support for a crisp, clean look. Daily rewards and the freedom to challenge friends for high score supremacy keep the adventure fresh and exciting long after the Ghosts have been exorcised.

PAC-MAN Friends is available for free (with in-app purchases) on the Play Store.